We hurried into the advanced by way of the bombed-out stays of a constructing on the outskirts of the positioning, escorted by Israeli particular forces, selecting our approach by way of rubble. They stated it was nonetheless too harmful to go by way of the primary gate due to preventing close by.
Inside, we discovered a squad of Israeli troopers sleeping in a cafeteria-turned-makeshift-dormitory. A couple of dozen yards away, a couple of lights glimmered from the home windows of the hospital itself — proof, the Israelis stated, that the hospital continued to perform regardless of their presence.
However we weren’t allowed to change on our telephones to name the hospital administration, and the state of the hospital couldn’t be confirmed. The World Well being Group stated this week that Al-Shifa had ceased to perform as a hospital, and docs interviewed by Al-Jazeera, a Qatari information channel, stated this week that circumstances had markedly worsened.
In search of to justify their presence on the hospital, the troopers took us to see a stone-and-concrete shaft on its grounds with a staircase descending into the earth — proof, Israeli officers stated, of a Hamas navy facility below the hospital.
However Col. Elad Tsury, commander of Israel’s Seventh Brigade, stated that Israeli forces, fearing booby traps, had not ventured down the shaft. He stated it had been found on Thursday afternoon below a pile of sand on the northern perimeter of the advanced.
Within the darkness, it was unclear the place the shaft led or how deep it went, though the navy stated it had despatched a drone down no less than a number of meters. Electrical wiring was seen inside, together with the metallic staircase.
Once we left, half an hour later, the shaft’s goal remained unresolved.
So, too, was the preventing close by.
As we squeezed again into the personnel service, gunfire continued to rattle from the neighboring streets.